Weekly Hot Nutrition Tip: Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is not only one of the healthiest, but also one of the most delicious and versatile vegetables to include in your diet.

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One portion of butternut squash provides high quantities of Vitamin A, which gives your immune system a real boost. It also contains 50% of your daily Vitamin C requirements.

This vegetable’s beautiful, bright orange colour means that it’s full of carotenoids – these are antioxidants which can reduce inflammation in your body, which is the cause of many chronic health conditions.

Some people get put off by butternut squash’s tough skin, but if you chop it up and add it to other vegetables, such as peppers, courgettes, aubergines and tomatoes, and slow roast it, you can eat the skin. Simply add olive oil and a few herbs and any other seasonings you enjoy.

If you want to peel it, try peeling with a potato peeler, or if you find this a struggle, simply cut it in two lengthwise and slow roast in the oven on a low/medium temperature for 45 minutes until the flesh is soft. You can then scoop it out and make it into soup, or mash with some olive oil as an alternative to mashed potato.

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